Schrade Collapsible Batons: Tough As ASP And 1/3 The Cost? (video)

Good to know Schrade is making a quality collapsible baton these days. Here’s a link to buy it at for about $29 (1/3 the cost of similar ASP batons) and if you want to skip all the initial commentary you can see his comparison tests at about the 8:00 mark. Last, he points out that the friction locks on the Schrade start to give after a dozen or more hits which, IMO, isn’t a huge deal especially for the price compared to ASP…

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Lessons From Mega Disasters (video)

This is an interview with “Eve Gonzales of [who] talks about her experiences responding to the most catastrophic disasters in recent times. She talks about what she has learned and what you should do to get prepared now.” This is part one of a two part series which hasn’t been released yet (scheduled for next week he said).

I find it interesting that no matter where she goes in the U.S. folks just aren’t prepared. They’re complacent. They truly feel like disasters won’t hit their towns, their homes, their families and they simply ignore the possibilities. IMO, you either “get it” or you don’t. There is no other choice when it comes to disaster preparedness.

Skip to about the 0:50 mark to get to the heart of the video/interview…

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Survival Kit Backpack for Two (video)

Sometimes your spouse (or children) just can’t lug the gear around that you can and so you have to plan and pack for them. If so, consider this relatively inexpensive survival backpack from The cost is about $107 and weighs in at 15 pounds. All in all the contents aren’t too bad and I’m sure you can do a bit better on your own if you pieced it together but if you’re short on time or inclination to do so then this bag has the basics covered.

A few things I would change is to add a bit more of your own food as the dehydrated food bars will only go so far with your taste buds, though, SensiblePrepper disagrees with me on that. 🙂 I’m also not a huge fan of the water packets but adding your own water bottles will add a lot of weight quickly so don’t go overboard here.

On the other hand, the basics are covered, including shelter/PPE (tube tent, emergency sleeping bags, ponchos, glove, etc), cordage, light stick, first aid, personal hygiene

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How To Make A Survival Flash Grenade (video)

Not sure if this is worth the effort but still a neat idea as it’s something I’ve never seen made before. That said, I’m not sure I would call this a “flash grenade” but more of a “fast burning and bright flare.” Regardless, as he suggests at the end this idea could be useful for drawing attention, as an intruder alarm, and for starting a fire if no other choice…

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Will You Chase That Last Grain Of Rice?

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The other day my kids heated up two cans of chicken with rice soup and because I was in a hurry that day instead of having them dish up their own rice I did it while they were still doing school. And, while I was dishing it up, I found myself chasing a few last pieces of rice around the bottom of the pot which is something I probably never do if I really stopped to think about it.

It then briefly crossed my mind that if this were SHTF then of course I would ensure my family and I ate literally ever last piece of rice, drank every last drop of broth, and maybe even licked the bowl clean for good measure. 😉

That just seems like the prudent thing to do, right? I would have thought so.

But then I wondered if this was actually a good idea purely from an efficiency standpoint. After all, a single grain of rice can’t have very many calories per grain. Sadly, the answer isn’t that easy to nail down as it depends on a variety of factors including the type of rice, whether it’s

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5 SHTF Strategies For Avoiding The Zombie Hordes

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I really feel like we must be heading towards SHTF sooner rather than later. I’d suggest you merely look at all the charts which show we’re heading over a fiscal cliff in the near future and you’ll surely agree. When? I truly don’t know. It could be a decade from now or tomorrow. But it IS coming.

The question is: What to do about it? How do you keep your family safe and avoid the looming zombie hordes? Because you know they are coming and they won’t simply go away when they’re at your doorstep. And by “zombies” I mean the 99%+ of American’s who have failed to do anything to prepare themselves for… anything… yeah, those people.

Though none of these strategies are foolproof and some certainly are better than others, the major problem I see with most of them is that they cost a lot of money to make happen. That and they’re a huge lifestyle change, one that most folks wouldn’t like. Well, that’s my assumption

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Lighter “Hack” to Avoid Wasted Fuel When Not Being Used (video)

I assumed that most folks know this but maybe not. I do this with most of my lighters that I don’t use regularly to ensure I’m not wasting fuel and, worse yet, so that I’m not expecting to rely upon a “dead” lighter when needed the most! Realize that you really should cinch the zip tie tighter than even he shows in the video because they can work loose but also understand that you may need to also cut the zip tie to get it off if you cinch it very tightly. Skip to about the 0:22 mark to get to the idea…

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Will Time Matter When SHTF?

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The other day I talked about another power outage we had and while I was sitting there mostly in the dark because my family didn’t want to run but one single, dim lantern in the pitch black darkness (don’t ask me why) I began to ponder time and whether it will mean anything when SHTF.

Ultimately, I’d decided that if this were SHTF time wouldn’t matter too much. That is, the actual counting of hours, minutes, and seconds wouldn’t matter much… keeping track of the seasons is another matter and likely still important.

During the power outage, however, my kids didn’t want to go to bed because it wasn’t “time for bed” which we still had an hour or so to go until then even though it was nearly pitch-black dark outside. If there was no time or clocks to keep time my kids obviously wouldn’t have known any different. I sort of smiled under my breathing wondering how long it would take post-SHTF for folks to go back to what

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5 Minute Hammock Tarp (video)

Dave Canterbury shows us how to turn an 8×8 oilcloth tarp into a hammock in about five minutes. You’re going to need a few more items besides just the tarp, specifically two metal rings (not sure where he gets them but perhaps large carabiners would work instead) and two  (he carries two 25-feet lengths), but the idea is fairly simple to implement as he demonstrates…

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“Grab-n-Go” Power Outage Kit


A funny thing happened while on the way to write this post: the power went out… again. Just yesterday the power went out due to high winds for several hours and it turned out that I got into quite a few basic survival items this time, including more than a dozen items listed below.

You see, I like to keep things organized, so much so that I actually make it difficult on myself to gather all the stuff I would need for even a basic power outage like we’ve experienced several times over the past few months.

Sometimes I am my own worst enemy. I’ve had enough!

Instead of rooting through various bins and shelves each time to gather these dozen plus items, I figured I would just put them all in one single bin to make my life easier next time. This, of course, contradicts my logical brain because I now have things where they “don’t belong” but I’ll do my best to ignore my incessant need to have things super organized and compartmentalized for sake of

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Posted in Disaster Planning, Power